UPDATE ON STRUCTURE FIRE IN FAIRMONT (posted; Feb 18.20 9:45pm)
Members of the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments have extinguished a structure fire on Wilder Loop Road in Fairmont and have left the scene for the night.
Security will remain in place throughout the night and no entry is permitted into the site.
13 firefighters, including eight from Fairmont and five from Windermere, battled the blaze into this evening. Although the home is a total loss, the crew did an exceptional job of keeping the flames isolated to the structure involved and away from the trees and neighbouring houses. In addition, they were able to save some valuable and treasured items from the garage.
Members of the Fairmont Fire Department will be back on scene tomorrow morning to begin investigating the cause of the fire.
ORIGINAL POST (Feb.18.20 7:30pm)
The public is being asked to stay away from the 5000-block of Wilder Loop Road in Fairmont Hot Springs as members of the Fairmont Fire Department are on the scene of a structure fire.
RCMP and BC Hydro are also on scene and Wilder Loop Road is closed to traffic at this time. “It is important for the public to stay out of the area, not only for their safety, but so that they don’t impede firefighting efforts,” stressed Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Miller. “We are asking people to respect the local closures and stay away.”
In addition to members of the Fairmont Fire Department, members and equipment from the Windermere Department are providing assistance on scene. “The house was fully engulfed upon our arrival and crews have done a good job of containing the flames to the immediate structure involved,” adds Chief Miller.
There are no injuries and although the fire is contained, it is still an active fire scene.
More details will be provided later this evening.